Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. Glad to read Mrs Dyer's report on India and thinks a portion of it should go straight into their report. Supposes her friend has seen in the papers 'Mr Stuart's great victory. It was delightful to see the pale looks of some of the Government front bench when Sir John Gorst had to confess that the ghastly story from India was true'. She thinks friends of the movement would like to know that among the correspondence laid on the table of the House was a letter from Lord Cross (Secretary for India) to India stating that ' he had received a number of memorials which he could not possibly ignore'.

Administrative / Biographical History

12 May 1888 'With record to the Committee meeting I shall come to London on the Thursday evening 17 May'. This was for the annual meeting of the LNA held at Exeter Hall London 18 May 1888 at 2.30. JB presided. The committee meeting was held in the morning. 'Of course you have seen in the papers Mr Stuart's great victory.' 'The Infamous Memorandum' (see letter of 28 Feb) had been acknowledged as true by the Indian Government and Lord Cross had at once ordered the immediate and total abolition of the Regulations. But as JB pointed out it 'has required five months to bring them up to this point.' Biog: Mrs Dyer; Mr Dyer; Lord Cross; Sir John Gorst; WH Smith.